+ 3 new heroes
So, it is true that I am probably one of the world’s biggest superhero movie fans. I had to…HAD TO… do the write up for this one.
Many people out there don’t think that superhero movies deserve top rating.
In all candidness, I openly admit I liked the Green Lantern movie and the Daredevil movie, so you may question my opinion if you’d like. [No, you won’t change my opinion.]
The problem with Marvel, they do such a good job with their smaller films, if you can call single hero films “smaller”, and you expect the same level when they do their team-ups. The good thing about Marvel… they almost always beat your expectations.
I greatly appreciate the fact that the cast stays the same for this film. It disrupts my movie enjoyment when sequels replace actors/actresses.
I also love how the actors and actresses stick to the personality of their character. Having been a comic book fan for decades you know a costume change will constantly happen and evolve. However, when they change the persona of the character it just destroys it for me. (It took me a very long time to accept the new Nick Fury.) Steve Rogers has been the same since Simon and Kirby presented him in 1941; the goodhearted, classic, non-profanity and chivalrous good guy that for for the American standard of life. Tony Stark has always been the egotistical billionaire that leads by authority even when that gets him into trouble. Thor has always been your blunt, sure of himself god that goes into any battle with brute strength. Etc.
Evans, Downy, and Hemsworth, respectively, sell those personas each and every time.
The story line is about Ultron. [No spoiler there since it’s the title.] They stay pretty true to the creation story of Ultron, other than his creator. The movie presents that Ultron is Stark’s creation with the help of Banner (small guy version), when in actuality he is created by Hank Pym (Ant-Man). This didn’t take much from the story for me, so I’m okay with the change as stands.
There is a new connection between Natasha (Widow) and Banner (small guy and big guy version). I don’t understand where this came about, but it’s a neat tension and empathy between characters that we see unfold.
We are introduced to the Maximof twins. The one complaint I had with this is the presentation that the twins are a product of experimentation by Baron Strucker. In the Marvel Universe they are mutants and children of Magneto. This is my first of two complaints about the movie, Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver need to be mutants; they are key characters for Avenger and X-Men team-ups.
I appreciate Marvel keeping the lighter side continuing as they have in their previous movies. My favorite laughs in the original Avengers are when Hulk punches Thor and when Loki is being slammed by Hulk like a little rag doll. The humor continues in Age of Ultron. There are some chuckles. The are some guffaws. There are some that only comic book nerds, like me, are going to get.
One of my favorite surprises was seeing Vision on the big screen. I’ve ways liked Vision; his pull between his creator, Ultron, and man-kind. They did a nice job. They didn’t try to make him look like a robot, which was a bonus for me. They took some liberties with his look, but I was very pleased in it’s outcome. Using Bettany to play Jarvis that becomes Vision was brilliant choice: His voice is mellow and surreal as you’d imagine Vision to be.
The action is non-stop throughout the movie. You start the movie in an attack and you end the movie after a phenomenal battle and new Avengers (Falcon and Scarlett Witch) being called. The fight scenes are just incredible. Many spots were things like you would see in the cells of a comic book. 99% of the time it didn’t feel CGI at all. Occasional scenes you see something and think, CGI.
My second and final complaint, though, deals with CGI. When Natasha and Hulk share a cool-down moment early on, the Hulk just didn’t look right with Natasha; he seemed CGI. The rest of the film though, he was spot on.
Another aspect of Avengers that I appreciate is that they make the Hulk look more monster and less giant muscle man. Ruffalo does a great deal of facial acting for this part of his character, and it comes across.
I also appreciated the appearances of characters such as Falcon, Heimdall, and War Machine making appearances in this film. I didn’t expect them to be in this film. However, fans of the comics know that in the Marvel universe the Avengers ranking go deep. It’s nice to see a second layer showing up. And, once again, allowing Stan Lee to make his cameo is just great. (Fans of his will get a laugh from his line as he exits.) Another layer that Marvel adds in mentioning Wakanda and the adamantium. Mentioning Wakanda opens the story for T’Challa, [The Black Panther. Marvel is due to release the movie in 2018 staring Chadwick Boseman.]
One aspect of the movie that has me intrigued is that Ultron often quotes the Bible and references God. I have noticed Cap doing this occasionally in his movies, but this happened quite often. Ultron is determined to destroy the world and he references Noah. Just small things like this throughout the movie kept things a little more intriguing.
One aspect of the movie was inner demons; secrets, pasts, burdens.
Scriptures tell us that we all have pasts. The Apostles even remind the early church that the ways of the world were once theirs, but they gave them up to be Christ-like. At one part o the movie, they try to keep their secrets hidden. It’s not until they begin to share with a teammate that the burden becomes lighter. Natasha understands Banner’s inner monster. Rogers understands Thor’s need to seek out the meaning of his vision. Fury understands Stark’s greatest guilt from his vision. Once they begin to share, they heal and bond as a team. The scriptures tell us to bare one another’s burdens.
One of my favorite inspirational scenes comes from Barton (Hawkeye). We are use to Captain America giving inspiration. We are use to Stark giving off-color inspiration that often comes with jabs. But Hawkeye is usually our quiet one.
He challenges one of the newest recruits that is scared to make a choice. Fight and be an Avenger or stay and she’ll be rescued. He personally chooses to fight against robots among a god, an iron man, and a monster while he simply has a bow and arrow because it is his job.
Two paths to choose from. One easier. One challenging.
We as Christians are faced with that challenge every day. Fight on the narrow path, or wait to be rescued by the world on the easy path, knowing that it will just lead to destruction.
I’m telling you, I’m just not sure how Marvel could top this film. The story line was pretty intense. It’s all about saving the world, ending all war, keeping everyone safe. There are inner-battles with each character. The team still hasn’t jelled as a team since the first movie. They have fun together. The fight together. They harass each other; especially Cap on a “language” comment. They fight among themselves. They compete to pick up Thor’s hammer. They truly get to know one another and begin to bond.
The other two high-points for me are Ultron and Hulk-Buster Iron Man. I’m not going to give anything away, but you have seen the images in the trailers. They do not disappoint.
This 2hours and 21 minutes cost 250 million. It wasn’t wasted.
Go spend the $10 to $12 on the ticket. It’s so very worth it. I’ll own it the day t comes out, but seeing it on the big screen is a must.
This is a 5 rating for me and I won’t change my mind on that.